Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.
Ben Whishaw, whom you may know as Q in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, stars as the titular Richard. Patrick Stewart, Clémence Poésy, and Rory Kinnear also appear in this first of four films in the BBC’s series of adaptations of Shakespeare histories, The Hollow Crown.
All programs take place at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library and begin at 2 p.m.
February 14 — Shakespeare in Love  (1998; Rated R; 123 minutes)
March 20 — Richard III  (1995; Rated R; 104 minutes)
April 17 — Richard II  (2012; Made for TV; 149 minutes)
May 22 — Coriolanus  (2011; Rated R; 123 minutes)